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UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Air Force: More KC-135s inbound to Fairchild

The fleet of tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base is about to get bigger as the Air Force has announced plans to transfer 12 more KC-135 tankers to the West …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

CBO score on ‘Trumpcare’ should be warning to Senate GOP, Murray says

The Congressional Budget Office report on a House proposal to replace Obamacare should cause Senate Republicans to rethink their plans, Sen. Patty Murray said.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup

Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Washington Congress members worry Trump budget would cut Hanford cleanup

Last Friday, Washington members of Congress warned about cuts to the Hanford cleanup efforts. Now they’re bracing for proposed cuts when President Donald Trump’s budget is released Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 8:44 a.m.

Risch wants ‘traitor’ who leaked Russian details identified, McMorris Rodgers calls for Comey testimony

Reports this week deepening President Donald Trump’s Russia troubles drew breathless defenses and rebukes from the Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

Comey firing ‘deeply troubling,’ special prosecutor needed, Washington senators say

Sens. Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell call for a special prosecutor after President Trump fires FBI director.


UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

New health bill: Seattle hospital could lose $627M a year

The executive director of Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center says the hospital could lose more than $627 million a year starting in 2026 when the full impact of the health care …



Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders lead Democrats’ effort to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

Backed by nearly half of the Senate’s Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., are introducing revamped legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 and index …


Murray thumbs down on border wall money; Idaho senators waiting to see budget deal

Sen. Patty Murray says Congress should say no on money for President Trump’s border wall. Idaho senators reserving judgment until they see the budget deal.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

WSU Spokane researchers share Trump budget concerns with Sen. Patty Murray

In a fourth-floor lab at Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy in Spokane, a group of six young women from at least three countries peer into genes and analyze tobacco …


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

Labrador calls for Congressional vote following U.S. missile attack on Syria; McMorris Rodgers backs action

The morning after American warships bombarded a Syrian air base with cruise missiles Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) questioned the attack, which was not authorized by Congress.


How Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Raul Labrador voted last week in Congress

Today, The Spokesman-Review will start publishing weekly vote tallies of four U.S. representatitives and four U.S. senators representing Washington and Idaho.


Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season, according to a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Senators urge new energy secretary to protect Hanford workers

Washington’s two U.S. senators brought the chemical vapors issue at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to the attention of new Energy Secretary Rick Perry, asking him to improve safety and make …


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Send more tankers to Fairchild, Washington Congress members tell Air Force

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell tell the Air Force it should send reassigned tankers to Fairchild.


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Manufactured outrage at Congressional town halls restricts constructive dialogue

Manufactured outrage is an unhealthy addition to post-election frustration.


Washington, Oregon senators vote against Rick Perry confirmation

All four senators from Washington and Oregon on Thursday voted against Rick Perry to become energy secretary, saying they worried about his commitment to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

Washington and Idaho reaction to Trump’s speech: A call to dream big or full of empty promises

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers likes President Trump’s call to dream big. Sen. Patty Murray says his speech was full of empty promises.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Washington must fight Trump on its key issues, Murray says

Sen. Patty Murray says the state must be ready to fight Trump on key state issues.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Senate confirms DeVos as education secretary after Pence breaks tie

The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 9:20 a.m.

Sen. Patty Murray maintains pressure on Betsy DeVos, other Trump nominees, defends NAFTA

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Tuesday said President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees posed unprecedented “complex financial and legal issues” ahead of planned confirmation votes. The long-serving Democrat also advised against …


Murray and Cantwell criticized over drug import votes

Washington’s two Democratic senators are being criticized for their votes against a proposal aimed at making it easier to import inexpensive prescription drugs from Canada. The


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Can Patty Murray get answers from Trump nominee Betsy DeVos?

When Michigan billionaire and school “reformer” Betsy DeVos goes before senators for confirmation hearings as education secretary next Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray will have a few questions.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Fairchild passed over as a location for next round of new air-refueling tankers

Fairchild Air Force Base has come up short a second time in a bid to host next-generation aerial tankers, leaving Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to question …


Hearing Thursday looks at Fairchild’s second chance to land new Air Force tanker

The Air Force will hold a hearing Thursday in Spokane as it takes another look at Fairchild as a home for the nation’s new air refueling tanker.


Trump selects Rick Perry as energy secretary; Sen. Patty Murray indicates her opposition

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed his selection of former campaign rival Rick Perry to be the country’s next secretary of energy. In a statement early Wednesday on …


Kennewick Man skeleton closer to tribal return

Legislation that would return the 8,400-year-old bones of Kennewick Man to Columbia Basin tribes could become law in the coming weeks.


Sen. Patty Murray: Trump nominees should release tax returns

Sen. Patty Murray has pointed questions for Donald Trump’s nominees, wants them to release their tax returns.